Autonomous Thruster Control System Enhances Subsea Capabilities

The JETTE robotic controlled propulsion system from Tiburon Subsea draws on dual fore and aft thrusters to outfit unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) with increased speed, variable controls and maneuverability By William Mackenzie / 20 May 2024
Autonomous Thruster Control System Enhances Subsea Capabilities
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Tiburon Subsea has launched its autonomous underwater thruster control technology, JETTE, a pioneering in-line dual vectored subsea robotic controlled propulsion system.

JETTE Thruster Equipped AUV

Designed to meet the evolving demands within the underwater robotics market, the next-gen technology employs dual fore and aft thrusters, working independently and in tandem to provide unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) with enhanced capabilities.  

The JETTE system offers increased speed, variable controls, maneuverability, durability, and redundancy over traditional UUVs. This design eliminates the long-standing control plane weak points that have plagued UUVs. JETTE provides extended hover/dwell/scan abilities and simplifies maintenance, while providing redundancy and self-rescue. Patent pending, it is a unique system and an evolution in hydrodynamic efficiency.

Ocean Explorer, Founder and Tiburon Subsea CEO Tim Taylor, whose mission is to break down barriers to emerging technology and facilitate its availability, commented; “Autonomous vehicles are opening new frontiers just as satellites have in space. Timely ocean data is a missing link.

“Renewable energy, climate change remediation, coastal engineering and security will all benefit from this technology. Tiburon’s aim is to democratize access to autonomous robotic tech for stakeholders and caretakers. In facilitating access to data, we will increase awareness, care, and management of our ocean resources and environment in real-time.”

Posted by William Mackenzie Connect & Contact
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